I am done trying to come up with a better title. If you have a better title leave a suggestion as a comment and I will fix it.
The Barack Obama card board stand up in front of the Democrats' booth at the Ventura County Fair was ripped up by a man yelling profanities including a racial slur. Click on continue reading for details.
In 2004, the George W. Bush stand up at the Republican Party's Headquarters was stolen by someone that ran out with it. I don't recall fi they ever got it back but if I remember correctly the thief took it back to the San Fernando Valley where the police didn't do much for such a petty offense.
Read through the comments on Dailykos about this story. An keep your cardboard stand ups safe!
Sandy, do you have signs and bumper stickers for Barack Obama at the booth?
I called Rep. Gallegly's office to find out when his next public event was but they don't have a schedule. They did say he was attending the fair sometimes but didn't say when. If you go to the fair you might get lucky enough to ask a question.
Are there any other candidates at the fair?
I have the honor to serve on the executive board of our county's Democratic Central Committee. Imagine my shock when I woke up this morning to an email from our parliamentarian with the subject line that is the title of this diary!
Some background is probably appropriate here. Every year at our county fair we have a booth for the Democratic Party. The Republicans have their booth within sight of ours down the aisle and across the way. Our booth sits right at the entrance to the Commercial building where all the vendors who hawk the waterless cookware and super duper cleaning solutions have their booths. We draw quite a large crowd, while the poor folks across the aisle wait patiently for someone to come talk with them.
This year one of our Omaba delegates procured a life-size Barack cutout which we proudly displayed in front of our booth. People lined up to have their pictures taken with him. So many people wanted to buy him or take him home after the fair, but we had to politely decline.
Our parliamentarian is actually one of our former committee chairs. She and her husband (both in their golden years!) have dutifully and lovingly assembled, decorated and maintained this booth for the entire ten days of the fair run for many years.
Last night, as they were preparing to close the booth for the night, a young white male, wearing a black fedora, grabbed Barack and tried to run off with him while shouting "F***ing Ni**er!" Unfortunately, Barack was being held in place by a zip tie near his head. This charming young man succeeded in running off past the security guards with Barack's head.
I can assure you that the cutouts of McCain, Reagan and W are still safe and sound in the booth across the way.
What a sad commentary on the culture of fear and anger that the current administration has fostered in our society that would encourage this type of behavior.
The fair runs through this weekend and it is doubful we can replace him before it closes. I am tempted to recommend that we leave his body in place and post a sign where his head should be. I still can't come up with the words to put there. Maybe someone on here has a good idea.
Good News! Another Obama delegate from our district had recently purchased another cutout due to the high demand for "in person" appearances by Barack at our events. His motorcade should be arriving at the fairgrounds as I type this!
Thanks everyone for their useful (and some not so useful) ideas!